According to Queensland Health, vomiting is the body’s way of protecting it from threats or viruses.
When it detects a harmful substance, the body thinks that it’s being poisoned.
And so, its initial response is to get rid of the threat and expel the substance from the stomach.
Once we start to feel nauseous, it means the body is working to eliminate something toxic from the body.
One way of eliminating hazardous substances is by throwing them up.
However, it’s still necessary to consult a doctor because there are certain risks that come with self-induced vomiting that might cause more damage to the body.
In this article, we will look at 10 easy ways to vomit quickly and quietly and a few side effects of doing so.
When Should We Induce Vomiting?
Vomiting always carries risks.
It does not fully empty the stomach even if it’s done in a safe way.
Sometimes a portion So, do not induce vomiting unless professionally and medically advised by a doctor because it may cause more severe damage to your overall health.
There are several reasons a person may want to induce vomiting.
According to Medical News Today, some of the most common reasons include:
- After ingesting harmful substances, such as pills or chemicals
- Food poisoning
- Experiencing severe indigestion or gastric pain
- Bacterial or viral infections, such as gastroenteritis
- Side effects of medications consumed, such as morphine or antibiotics
- Those who undergo chemotherapy
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Feeling guilty after eating
However, it’s important to note that forcing yourself to vomit time after time is detrimental and will certainly cause serious health problems.
Some choose to do this as a form of weight loss whenever they feel guilty for eating too much.
By doing so, we are straining our esophagus and damaging our upper respiratory system.
Both of which impose potential risks on our health in the long run.
Caution: If anything, do not self-induce vomiting unless advised by a doctor. Always consult your physician beforehand before doing so.
5 Simple Ways One Can Vomit Quickly and Quietly
1. Use your finger
Pushing a finger down the throat and over the tongue will help you feel like throwing up.
When the finger comes in contact with the base of the tongue, it causes a gag reflex which makes you feel nauseous and want to vomit.
2. Use a toothbrush
If you feel uncomfortable using your finger to induce vomiting, you can also try using a toothbrush.
When you are brushing your teeth try using the tip of the brush to touch the base of your tongue.
The body will react similarly, causing a gag reflex and will prompt you to throw up almost immediately.
3. Expose yourself to unpleasant smells and sights
Unpleasant views and odor are great external stimuli.
As a result, your brain will make you feel sick from what your senses are picking up and make you feel like wanting to throw up.
4. Think about vomiting
This works most of the time because thinking of things that make you feel sick compels your body to feel disgusted and nauseated, and so you tend to vomit as a response.
5. Gargle with salt water
This works because gargling with warm water triggers a gag reflex, which induces vomiting.
However, the gargling has to be intense.
Probably 10 minutes will do.
To accelerate the process, it’s best to use warm water to dissolve the salt.
If, for some reason, you also need to minimize the noise you make while throwing up, running water through the sink or playing loud music as you purge may help.
Drinking lots of water before and after you binge makes it way more silent.
Things to Do After Throwing Up
Read further to find a few self-care tips to keep in mind after throwing up according to the University of Michigan Health Service:
- Do not consume any food or beverages for several hours after vomiting. Let the body do its thing to recover for a while.
- Drink small amounts of water or suck on ice chips every 15 minutes for 3-4 hours to prevent dehydration.
- Do not consume citrus or acidic drinks such as fruit juices or milk.
- Do not eat solid food for the next few hours.
- If necessary, take an over-the-counter medication for nausea.
- Do not take other medications that may further irritate an already upset stomach.
While vomiting does not completely empty the stomach, it still drains the body and makes you feel sick after.
Thus, it’s more than important that we are informed and aware of its risks, and what we can do for the body to recover quickly.
The Risks of Self-Induced Vomiting
Repeatedly inducing vomit can cause the following damaging side effects:
- The body will become prone to vomiting
- Continued and frequent feelings of nausea
- Extreme dehydration and electrolyte imbalance
- Stomach acid may affect your teeth and mouth
- Suffering from acid refluxes or other illnesses that require immediate medical attention
- May develop an eating disorder or other food aversions
As previously discussed, self-induced vomiting may be associated with potential risks and medical conditions.
These include dehydration, malnourishment, chemical imbalances, and injuries to the esophagus, throat, and mouth.
Frequent self-induced vomiting can result in changes in the appearance of the teeth and gums.
Making yourself throw up when something unhealthy or harmful enters your body gives a feeling of relief for a while.
And that’s okay for as long as you are well aware of what needs to be done before and after it happens.
However, it’s not healthy to resort to induced vomiting to treat something that makes you feel blue.
For instance, self-loathing, feeling ashamed of gaining weight, or eating too much.
It’s not something that we should attempt to do frequently, and unless we are professionally advised by a doctor.
If anything, it’s still a better option to opt for consulting a professional than handling it yourself when you feel that something is wrong.